IDEMIA Delivers Biometric e-IDs to Nepalese Government

“Each ID card features a microchip containing the citizen’s photograph, signature, and fingerprint biometrics, while the card itself is laser-engraved polycarbonate.”

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IDEMIA has just delivered its latest batch of national ID cards to government authorities in Nepal, the company has announced.

It’s the latest development in a partnership that extends back to 2016, when Safran Identity & Security – which later merged with Oberthur Technologies to form IDEMIA – won a $4.9 million, multi-year contract to develop a national e-ID system for the Nepal National Identity Management Center, or NIDMC. The system would entail new e-ID cards for citizens, which were to be distributed to different regions of the country in stages, and issued to all citizens over the age of 16.

Each ID card features a microchip containing the citizen’s photograph, signature, and fingerprint biometrics, while the card itself is laser-engraved polycarbonate. The cards are used to regulate access to e-government services, healthcare, and social subsidies, and are also designed for use in border control.

In announcing that the first biometric e-ID cards had now been delivered, IDEMIA indicated that the distribution process would begin shortly, with the cards expected to be rolled out across the country over the course of five years.

December 12, 2018 – by Alex Perala